EastEnders Rose Ayling-Ellis shares excitement ahead of her Strictly Come Dancing debut

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EastEnders star Rose Ayling-Ellis has opened up on how she's preparing for Strictly Come Dancing ahead of her debut.

The 30 year old actress is set to make Strictly history as the first deaf contestant to compete on the series.

Rose, who plays Frankie Lewis on EastEnders, will compete alongside Judi Love, Tom Fletcher, Katie McGlynn and many more for the Glitterball trophy.

And, as she caught up with OK! on the red carpet of the National Television Awards, which is sponsored by OK!, Rose shared her feelings about stepping onto the dance floor.

Speaking about her upcoming Strictly Come Dancing debut, Rose revealed: "I've never done anything like this before, it's a very new experience but I think I will like it."

When asked if she feels prepared for Strictly, Rose revealed: "I'm trying to. When I finish here I'm going to go home, buy loads of gym clothes and hopefully I will be alright."

The show begins in just over a week, but Rose has insisted she is yet to know who she will be partnered with.

When asked if she has told which professional dancer she will be working with on the series, Rose told OK!: "Not yet, no. I can't wait to find out."


However the stunning actress, who was a vision in floor-length blue dress on the NTAs red carpet, would be happy to be paired with any of the Strictly professional dancers.

"I think they're all amazing," she told OK!. "They're all such professionals and I think any of them will be very good teachers!"

And, when asked if there is anything in particular she was nervous about, Rose revealed the special dancing shoes have been a bit of a challenge to get used to.

She revealed: "Standing in the heels. Oh my gosh, the heels are not like normal heels they're like paper on the heel, it's so bendy!

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"I've been trying to practice in them, I'm OK. I have to build the muscle up in my foot to be able to handle it."

Soap actress Rose shared her excitement at being picked for the show as she was announced in the lineup.

Rose said: "To be the first deaf contestant on Strictly Come Dancing is sooooo exciting.. and a little bit scary.

"It is the hardest secret I have ever had to keep so it feels amazing to finally have this out in the open!

"I hope I will do the deaf community proud and break down more barriers. But I am also very excited to learn an incredible new skill and even better I get to learn whilst wearing beautiful dresses made especially for me!

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